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COVID-19 Update

March 18, 2020

  Grefe & Sidney is open for business and continues to serve our clients. With the evolving COVID-19 situation, however, Grefe & Sidney has transitioned to a remote work environment. Effective, Friday, March 20th we will be closing our Des Moines and Pella offices. The offices will remain closed to the public until further notice. […]


Iowa Supreme Court Holds Board of Medicine’s Correspondence cannot impose discipline without a finding of Probable Cause

March 2, 2020

Following a Board of Medicine investigation into an emergency room physician after the death of a patient in his care, the physician voluntarily ceased practicing medicine.  The Board closed its investigation without a finding of probable cause that the physician had violated any rule or standard of practice, which is a prerequisite to imposing discipline. […]


Iowa Supreme Court Reduces Jury Award of $6 Million in Punitive Damages to $500,000 following Bad Faith Trial

Plaintiff, Toby Thornton, sustained injuries while operating a work vehicle.  There was no dispute the injury occurred during the course of his employment.  However, during the course of workers’ Compensation benefits, the insurer, American Interstate, challenged Thornton’s claim for PTD benefits.  Thornton filed a Petition alleging bad faith on the part of American Interstate. The […]


Dhar Miller Secures Favorable Client Result before Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commission

Anita Dhar Miller successfully argued in an Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commission hearing that a claimant who alleged permanent disability resulting from a work injury failed to demonstrate so by a preponderance of the evidence; as a result, the deputy did not award claimant any benefits.  Anita represented claimant’s former employer and their workers’ compensation carrier.  […]


Derogatory Language and Policy Violation Not Sufficient to Insulate Employer from Wrongful Discharge Claim

February 6, 2020

Richard Christie appealed a grant of summary judgment following dismissal of his cause of action for violations of the Iowa Civil Rights Act and wrongful discharge against his employer.  In reversing the grant of summary judgment, the Court of Appeals held that Christie had generated fact questions on both claims. Christie was employed by Crawford […]


Abject Fraud does not Negate Forum Selection Clause

Roy Karon is an Iowa resident and the sole member of Peddler, LLC, a company that leases aircraft so personnel can travel the United States and Canada to provide training to financial institutions.  Elliot Aviation, the Elliot Defendants, were engaged in aircraft sales with Karon and Peddler LLC. Following contractual dispute and allegations of fraud, […]


Court Deems Dram Notice Need Not Name Liquor License Holder

Hollingshead claims he was injured during an incident at Misfits, a bar in Des Moines.  Following this alleged injury, Hollingshead’s counsel sent notice pursuant to § 123.93 to Founders Insurance Company.  The Notice named the holder of the liquor license as “Leonard LLC D/B/A Misfits.”  The liquor license holder was DC Misfits, LLC, not Leonard […]


Thomas secures Defense Verdict in Products Liability Claim

The Iowa Court of Appeals affirmed the jury’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed against Grefe & Sidney’s client, PGI International, and others in the Boone County District Court, Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Company, as Subrogee of Farmers Cooperative Company v. Parker Hannifin Corporation, Squibb-Taylor Inc., Dalton Ag Products, Inc. and CNH Corp., a/k/a CNH America, LLC […]


Cook and Zenor Secure Summary Judgment on Insurance Bad Faith Claim

On November 24, 2013, Plaintiffs suffered a fire loss at a large storage facility.  Following an in-depth review of Plaintiffs’ claim, State Farm Fire and Casualty Company denied the claim based on Plaintiffs’ failures to comply with the Policy.  Following this denial, Plaintiffs filed suit, alleging State Farm had no reasonable basis to deny this […]


Thomas Obtains Defense Verdict in Negligence Case

December 27, 2019

On December 12, 2019, Mark Thomas obtained a defense verdict on behalf of two local clients. The case stemmed from an auto accident with disputed liability. At trial, Thomas presented evidence that his client was presented with a sudden emergency and that her conduct was reasonable under these circumstances. A Boone County jury agreed, and […]